Well, we’re about 3 weeks out from OZWST 2013 and I’m getting quite excited.
Current attendees are as follows (in no particular order):
- David Greenlees (Facilitator)
- Rob Sabourin (Content Owner)
- Richard Robinson (assisting the Facilitator)
- Anne-Marie Charrett
- Andrew Dempster
- Mark Tolfts
- Kim Engel
- Paulo Lai
- Alessandra Moreira
- Scott Griffiths
- Dean MacKenzie
- Erik Petersen
- Rajesh Mathur
- Bruce McLeod
- Bradley Futter
- Lee Hawkins
- David Donald
This year’s theme is ‘Collaboration in Software Testing’. This is quite a broad theme, so I’m looking forward to some great conferring on almost ANYTHING we do in software testing!
A quick thank you to both the Association for Software Testing (for the catering via their Grant Program) and Google (for the use of their HQs in Sydney).
A Grant Report similar to last year’s will be written post the event so please keep an eye out for that.
Sorry Dean, couldn’t resist… ;0)
It’s this kind of enthusiasm and passion that our craft needs! Testers out there should take note of Dean’s post and what it really means… it’s powerful.
Bring on OZWST 2013.
Some wonderful OZWST 2013 logos that you can pin to your blogs… (Shameless self promotion) ;0)
HUGE thank you to Andrew Dempster for the hours of work required in creating these.
Lesson learned (from Andrew himself)… “Graphic design really is a specialist skill!”
Well, progress has been made… the OZWST 2013 invites have been sent today.
I’ll post a final attendee list as soon as it’s confirmed, however it does give me great pleasure to announce our international guest Content Owner, Mr Rob Sabourin. I’m very excited that we’ve been able to make this work. As you can imagine it’s not a cheap trip from Canada to Australia, but with the help of my colleagues we’ve been able to nail it.
Event details as follows:
Theme – Collaboration. Although broad sounding, this will be a powerful theme when controlled by Rob. It is an essential part of our roles and it will be very interesting to hear stories of success and failures.
Venue – Google HQs, Sydney.
Date – August 3 and 4, 2013.
Each attendee will come prepared with an Experience Report (ER) and hopefully we can get through most of them (a hard task for a two day event). While on the subject of ER’s, check out this video of Rob’s description of an ER.
Once again the AST have been kind enough to sponsor the event through their Grant Program. Also, a bit thank you to Google for the use of their wonderful HQs in Sydney.
Looking forward to a fantastic couple of days!
More update to come (as always). ;0)
Since the last post some tentative decisions have been made…
We are now looking at Sydney as the host city for OZWST 2013, and early August is the potential timeline. We are in talks with possible venues and if all goes to plan we’ll be very happy testers during the breaks. ;0)
The theme remains undecided, and this will likely drive the invite list.
Looking forward to another healthy couple of days full of discussion, collaboration, debate, and maybe even some fireworks.
Well, planning for OZWST 2013 is already underway!
Talks have begun with testing rock stars, possible locations have been spoken of (Brisbane currently leading the race), themes tossed about, and more helpers for the OZWST Committee are in the wings! It’s all happening.
If you’d like a taste of what OZWST can offer, read here. After that, if your interested in being involved then contact me. It’s hard work organising such epic events! ;0) We could use all the help we can get.
Once again, attendees will be via invite only and all will be expected to present.
Watch this space!
My review of the outstanding event has been published.
A collection of Tweets from the magical event! Even today (almost a week later) they are still appearing. :0)
Start from bottom up…
Great facilities provided by Schneider Electric!
Scott Barber looking fired up! However, just super energetic as always.
Scott Barber, Oliver Erlewein, Allesandra Moreira, & Aman Suri.
Richard Robinson, Kim Engel, Andrew Dempster, & Anne-Marie Charrett.
Oliver Erlewein, Allesandra Moreira, Aman Suri, & Mark Tolfts.
Role play time! Scott & Anne-Marie take to the hot seats to battle questions from the rest of us… the type of questions we get everyday from ‘factory’ bosses. It was great to listen to, and learn from, their responses.
Scott doing what he does best (facilitating), while Richard removes the ‘evidence’!
Thanks to Andrew we were lucky enough to get a tour of the hardware testing areas. This is what we ended up calling ‘The Finger’. Richard asked a question (one of many) while on the tour in relation to what type of testing was done with sockets and fingers… well, to our surprise… ;0)
The very first OZWST is done! What a great two days, and according to all who attended… a HUGE success. Watch this space for more information on our first event; the first of many. There will also be other articles published soon (one of which will be part of a future AST Newsletter), so keep an eye out for them.
Until then, a couple of keepsakes for the organisers…
MASSIVE thanks goes to all attendees, and special thanks to follow soon…